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Get ready to garden at two programs in neighboring communities this month.

Free fruit tree pruning demonstrations

It’s fruit tree pruning season and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County is offering three free deciduous fruit tree pruning demonstrations conducted by Extension Agent, Jeff Schalau. Come and learn why, when, and how to prune your backyard fruit trees. Demonstrations will cover apples, pears, plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries, and more. Fertilization, irrigation and fruit thinning will also be discussed.

Pruning demonstrations are scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 20 at the City of Sedona Jordan Historical Park, 735 Jordan Rd in uptown Sedona and 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 27 at Chino Valley Farms, 2572 N. Rd 1E in Chino Valley.

Maps and directions to these workshops are also available on the Yavapai County Cooperative Extension web site: cals.arizona.edu/yavapai/. Signs will also be posted prior to the workshops to help participants find the locations. Carpooling is encouraged, as parking may be limited. Please call the Prescott office at 928-445-6590 x 221 with any questions.

A garden symposium

All gardeners are invited to A Garden Symposium featuring two highly recognized and inspiring speakers: Michael Martin Melendrez, a soil specialist and owner of Soil Secrets, and seed-saving expert Bill McDorman of Seeds Trust.  The event will also include a presentation on local foods projects in Northern Arizona.

This is a one-day seminar for all gardeners, from the beginner to the veteran, who want to learn more about sustainable gardening practices for Northern Arizona.

This special event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 27 at Cline Library Assembly Hall at Northern Arizona University.

A Garden Symposium is offered as a Coconino Community College non-credit, course #13827.  The cost is $15 and registration is through CCC.  Those interested in attending may register online at www.coconino.edu/prod/ or by calling 928-526-7654 to enroll by phone.

For further information about the symposium, call 928-774-1868 ext. 17.

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